Leadership for sustainability in higher education amidst the COVID-19 crisis

Meletiadou, Eleni (2023) Leadership for sustainability in higher education amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In: Handbook of research on implications of sustainable development in higher education. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 1-23. ISBN 9781668461723

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-6172-3.ch001

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Through assisted thematic content analyses of 40 female educational leaders' interviews, the chapter investigates the crisis management and leadership practices which foster sustainable development in higher education from their perspective. Drawing on diversity, gender, and upper echelon theories, the authors propose that the addition of unique female perspectives and leadership styles will afford gender-diverse senior leadership teams (SLTs) a leadership capability advantage over equally talented yet homogeneous male teams. This link between gender diversity and leadership capability is more pronounced in times of crisis such as the current pandemic. The study suggests that increasing female representation in SLTs may have a substantial and direct impact on overall leadership capabilities and elicit positive performance effects in times of crisis. Notably, and unique to this study, they show that feminine traits and inclusive leadership styles may be more efficacious in contemporary leadership contexts than generally believed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning; higher education (HE); undergraduate students; United Kingdom; Covid-19 pandemic
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 14:36
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/8060

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